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Report: Google Search to get always-on listening, improved in-car functionality as part of ‘KITT’

Earlier this year, a report emerged claiming that Google was looking to further expand the capabilities of its “Ok, Google” functionality. Android Police has now published yet another report on this topic, detailing more features that Google will soon incorporate into Google Now. The earlier report claimed that Google was looking to add the ability to say “Ok, Google” anywhere within Android, no matter what app you were in at the time. Now, Android Police, is reporting that soon, you will be able to say “Ok, Google” and activate Google Now even when the device is turned off, with some caveats.

Internally, Google is referring to this feature set as KITT and “Android Eyes Free.” KITT will allow for users to activate Google Now when their device is turned off, as long as it is plugged into a power source. Although, it’s possible that this requirement will be dropped when Google improves battery optimization. Users would also have to use a Bluetooth headset or speakerphone when the handset is locked. You would also be able to wave their hand over the device to wake it up.

Google will supposedly strongly be marketing this feature as useful for in the car. This new always on feature will be able to walk users through performing common tasks, such as sending a text or making call. Google Now would also reportedly be able to read back entire cards. For instance, asking “what’s the weather?” would prompt the entire Google Now weather card to read back to the user. This functionality would also read notifications back to the user.

Essentially, KITT looks to bring many of the features from the Moto X to all Android device, but with a few tweaks. We wouldn’t be surprised to see Google announce these improvements, and more, at I/O.

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